Interview with Alan C Robertson

When did you first start writing?
Way back in Primary School! After our first story-writing lesson I wrote lots of stories both in class and at home. The stories weren’t revolutionary but I loved hearing the other children ‘ooh’ing and ‘aah’ing as my stories maybe had more depth than theirs. I’d come home and write different stories with different characters and it’s a skill I’m really glad I came back to.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It depends on what you mean latest. My latest published novel is my first fully fledged effort, ‘Cyclones of Emerald Flame’ which is ultimately about the difference between Power and Love. One character is given the power of the Gods seemingly by chance and he has to deal with the consequences and obstacles of owning this power. My latest book I have written is its sequel ‘Ashes of Emerald Flame’ which deals with the fallout of the first book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love telling stories. I’m not concerned by fame and fortune (though it would be nice to earn enough to write full time!), I really just want people to read my stories and tell me what they thought. I want to hear that people have enjoyed themselves hearing my stories, it makes you feel like you have really made a difference.
What do your fans mean to you?
To have fans at all would be amazing, but I’m not writing for the experience of having fans. I’m writing because I want people to hear my stories and hopefully enjoy them. For those who enjoy my books, I want to continue to make them happy.
What are you working on next?
I’m taking a break from the ‘Emerald Flame’ trilogy once the editing on ‘Ashes’ is complete. In the meantime I’ll be starting a new series involving characters my friends and I created a while back. The book will be called ‘Waiting for Destiny’ and it will be completely different from the ‘Emerald Flame’ books. I intend to focus much more on the humour side here, making the book downright silly on multiple occasions. I can’t wait to get started.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock and nothing more. I love sleeping!
What is your writing process?
Experienced authors have said to brainstorm and write down exact details of what you’re going to do. I don’t find it works for me though. I always start writing with the first scene in my head and a rough idea of where the book is going, maybe with a few key plot points more fully formed in my mind. I do however keep a Notepad for any ideas I have for later on. This way the story comes to me as I’m writing it and I am on the same journey as the reader.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The best book I have ever read is Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Not only because I love dinosaurs but the scenarios he provides are outstanding. Because of this book I cannot actually allow the Jurassic Park film to be my favourite film, because the book is much better. I find it difficult to narrow down my favourite books to just five though I will say that I really enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle, the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling and the Resident Evil novelisations by SD Perry. To add a fifth name to the set I will nominate any work by Jeremy Clarkson.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I like to have bits and bobs around for sentimental value including photoframes of my wife and cat. I have a motivational poster quoting ‘Portal 2’ which tells me to make life take the lemons back rather than make lemonade. When I’m writing you can be sure to find a fair few cans of Diet Coke on the desk too.
Who is your favourite character you have written?
People usually think it is Michael Spring as he basically is me when I was sixteen. He lets me write a lot of my own inner monologue but he isn’t my favourite. Vallyla is a strong contender as I get to write an adventurous sense of mischief in a girl who can be very frail. But I think my favourite character for now is still El Denante De Regalos, as its more fun to write a bad guy. He is evil and he has no real qualms about it, life is expendable to him, he’s watched so many generations pass him by. He has startling mental health issues which are a joy to write and of course he has trouble with the English language, adding a slice of humour to a character who would otherwise be just pure malice.
Published 2014-05-28.
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